Westworld premiere synopsis

The Westworld pilot is excellent. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy gradually introduce their high-tech theme park, which is home to all sorts of thrills and horrors. Most of the exposition expected from a pilot doesn’t come into play until episode two, and by that point, you’re completely invested in the world and characters, so every piece of information goes down smoothly. At the start of Westworld, the worldbuilding is subtle and transfixing, but the drama is every bit as captivating.

There’s so much the pilot gets right. Before it airs next month, HBO has released more materials for their sci-fi series, including a Westworld featurette, some TV spots, and a synopsis for the pilot that teases the future of the season one.

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high noon remake

High Noon is a movie so famous and influential that it’s pretty much impossible to tarnish its legacy. So while I could open this article about the new remake in the works over at Relativity Media by going “Ugh, how could they remake a bonafide classic like that?!”, I will instead open it with “You want to try your hand at remaking one of the most beloved and iconic westerns of all time? Okay. Fine. Go for it.”

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New Westworld trailer

The marketing for HBO’s Westworld continues to impress. The footage we’ve seen so far has promised an ambitious, fun and thoughtful piece of science-fiction, and fingers crossed that’s what we’ll see next month when the series finally premieres on HBO. Another trailer – this time showing more of the world from Dolores Abernathy’s (Evan Rachel Wood) perspective – has been released for Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s loose remake of Michael Crichton‘s film.

Below, watch the new Westworld trailer.

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Shanghai Dawn - Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson

Jackie Chan quickly rose to fame in the United States in the late 1990s thanks to his co-starring turn alongside Chris Tucker in the action comedy Rush Hour, which turned into a franchise. But let’s not forget about the other buddy comedy that Hollywood brought Jackie Chan into alongside Owen Wilson.

Shanghai Noon followed Jackie Chan working as an Imperial guard in the Forbidden City of China and is sent into action when Princess Pei Pei is taken hostage to the western frontiers of Nevada. There he convinces a cowboy thief named Roy (Owen Wilson) to help him track down the princess, and of course their contrasting dynamic results in some comedy along with the action. The film was successful enough to warrant a sequel called Shanghai Knights which took them to London, and now MGM is keen in getting the duo back together for a third round called Shanghai Dawn. Read More »


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2016 fall movie preview

This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.

The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.

We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”

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The Magnificent Seven Character Vignettes

Assembling a cast that doesn’t pale in comparison to the original The Magnificent Seven‘s ensemble must not have been easy. We’re still waiting to see how Antoine Fuqua‘s remake of John Sturges‘ western compares to the original, but The Equalizer director certainly put together a cast that inspires promise. Whether they match the charm of the original cast doesn’t really matter, because even if they come halfway to capturing the magic the original cast had, then we’re in for a treat.

Below, watch The Magnificent Seven character vignettes.

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Westworld Poster

There’s no shortage of film to TV adaptations in the works. Rarely do these television remakes offer fresh and exciting new visions, but that doesn’t look to be the case with HBO’s Westworld, which was delayed and ran into some production troubles. The series seems to pick up Michael Crichton‘s original idea and just runs as far as possible with it. Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Lisa Joy‘s reimagining is expanding on the themes, ideas, and world perhaps not fully explored in Crichton’s thin but charming sci-fi film.

We recently saw another stellar trailer for the HBO series. Below, you can now see the Westworld poster.

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Westworld images

After a delay and some production issuesJonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Lisa Joy‘s reimagining of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film Westworld is finally coming to HBO. The show was originally scheduled to arrive in 2015, but Nolan and all involved were allotted more time to get the show back on track. The latest trailer for the series — which is part western, part science-fiction — promised an ambitious, large-scale production.

If you still want to see more from the show, then check out some new Westworld images below.

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in a valley of violence review

Ti West is changing things up with In a Valley of Violence. The writer/director behind The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers has made a western. The film, which we first heard about over two years ago, doesn’t blend horror and western tropes together; it’s just a pure, revenge-driven western. The film stars Ethan HawkeJames RansoneTaissa FarmigaJohn Travolta, and Karen Gillan.

Below, watch the In a Valley of Violence trailer.

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Hell or High Water trailer

Chris Pine and Ben Foster kicked off the year with The Finest Hours, a tale of heroism and survival at sea. Now they’ve reunited for Hell or High Water, which seems like it could have been an alternate title for The Finest Hours but actually has nothing to do with water at all. Instead, the crime drama directed by David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Perfect Sense) centers on two brothers in West Texas who rob a string of banks to keep their family farm from going under.

Before long, their spree catches the attention of the authorities, represented here by two Texas Rangers played by Jeff Bridges and Gil BirminghamHell or High Water got some very good reviews at Cannes earlier this year and is now on its way to U.S. theaters. Check out the latest Hell or High Water trailer after the jump.  Read More »